As part of the motions and resolutions process, we were delighted to receive a number of submissions, many of which have been successfully progressed to the next stage of seeking the requisite support from members so that these resolutions and motions can eventually be voted on. A resolution requires 5% of members' support and a motion requires 0.1% of members' support to go through to the voting stage.
As a charity the Board of Trustees of BACP has an obligation to act in the best interests of BACP. When reviewing the motions and resolutions, the Board collectively agreed not to progress several to the next stage as they believed they were not in the best interests of the charity. Where this is the case, our decision was communicated to the relevant proposer in advance of the member support process opening along with a clear rationale for our decision. While many of our members may wish to see this information, it is not appropriate for BACP to share this publicly on behalf of the proposer.
Where the Board collectively felt that submissions could be progressed with very minor amendments, we liaised directly with the proposer and encouraged a resubmission based on our feedback.
Unfortunately, the nature of several submissions meant that the changes required would radically alter the nature of the original submission. In these instances, these submissions have been rejected as above.
It’s important to note that progression of a motion or resolution to the next stage does not imply support for the submission itself; but rather support for the opportunity for members to collectively vote on its outcome.
We acknowledge that there was an unforeseen delay in launching the MiVoice voting site to our members yesterday. We apologise unreservedly for any confusion or frustration that this delay may have caused and are committed to extending the member support period by one working day to ensure that no time is lost.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for your engagement throughout this process so far and would encourage you to support those motions and resolutions that speak to you over the coming weeks.
Natalie Bailey on behalf of the BACP Board